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BRUEGGE, Teresa Ilene 1968 - 2013


Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 3/23/2013 at 18:43:04

"The Fairfield Ledger"
Froday, March 15, 2013
Page 8


Teresa Ilene BRUEGGE, 45, of Mount Pleasant and formerly of Fairfield was found Wednesday, March 13, 2013, near Hamilton, Ill.

Arrangements are pending at Behner Funeral Home & Crematory.


"The Fairfield Ledger"
Monday, March 18, 2013
Page 8

Teresa Ilene BRUEGGE

Teresa Ilene BRUEGGE, 45, of Fairfield, was found Wednesday March 13, 2013.

A memorial service is planned at 7 p.m. Friday at Behner Funeral Home in Fairfield, with words of comfort by Steve Pfeifer. Burial of cremains will be at a later date.

Visitation for family and friends will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

A memorial has been established. Cards and memorials can be sent to: 2125 125th St., Fairfield 52556.

Teresa Ilene BRUEGGE was born March 8, 1968, in Fairfield, the daughter of Edward A. and Nikki L. CROW BRUEGGE.

Ms. BRUEGGE lived most of her life in the Fairfield area. She graduated from Fairfield High School with the Class of 1986. She enjoyed camping and outdoor activities.

Survivors include her parents; twin sister, Tammy I. BRUEGGE of Mount Pleasant; one brother, Darrin S. BRUEGGE of Fairfield; and grandmother, Irene CROW of Fairfield.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Adrian CROW, Eddie BRUEGGE and Leona BRUEGGE.


"The Fairfield Ledger"
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Front Page

Former Fairfield resident missing since Friday
By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor

A long-time Fairfield resident is still missing after local law enforcement has searched for her for several days.

Teresa BRUEGGE, 44, of Mount Pleasant, formerly of Fairfield, was reported missing Friday by the Henry County Sheriff's Office.

The Henry County Conservation Department discovered BRUEGGE's silver 1992 Dodge Grand Caravan at 9:51 a.m. Friday. The car was found at the end of a boat ramp at Faulkners Access on the Skunk River near Oakland Mills County Park.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office, Henry County Conservation, Iowa State Patrol and Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) scoured Faulkner's Access area but were unable to find BRUEGGE.

BRUEGGE is described as a white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, approximately 300 pounds, with a shaved head. She was last seen wearing blue shorts, a gray t-shirt, blue jacket and a tan cap.

Henry County Sheriff Rich McNamee said the search party has searched for BRUEGGE with airplanes, boats and on foot. He said the DNR planned to continue searching on the Skunk River but that has become difficult the past few days because of the freezing temperatures.

"The river was thawing the day we found the car," he said. "Now it's freezing back over. There's an ice jam up river, and you don't want a boat to go through an ice jam."

McNamee said nothing seemed suspicious about BRUEGGE's car when it was discovered Friday, but law enforcement was still cautious about jumping to conclusions.

"When we have an unknown, where we don't know if it's a critical crime or a missing person, we treat it as the most serious crime applicable," he said.

Samatha STARR, BRUEGGE's niece, said all of BRUEGGE's family lives in Fairfield and that BRUEGGE has spent 90 percent of her life here. STARR said BRUEGGE was last seen Thursday.

"We're just at a loss," STARR said. "We just want answers."

Law enforcement officers request anyone with information about BRUEGGE to contact the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 319-385-2712.

Fairfield Police Chief Julie Harvey said her department also will forward any information about BRUEGGE to the Henry County Sheriff's Office. The number of the Jefferson County Law Center is 472-3576.

The photo that accompanies this story is believed to be one or two years old.**


"The Fairfield Ledger"
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Front Page

Body of former Fairfield resident found in Illinois

HAMILTON, Ill. (AP) -- The body of a missing Iowa woman has been found floating in the Mississippi River near the western Illinois city of Hamilton.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that 44-year-old Teresa BRUEGGE of Mount Pleasant, and formerly of Fairfield, was found Wednesday. She was found about 3 1/2 miles north of Hamilton in Hancock County. Mount Pleasant is about 50 miles north of where BRUEGGE's body was found.

Hancock County Sheriff Scott Bentzinger said an autopsy was planned today. Police in Henry County in Iowa have been looking for BRUEGGE for four weeks. She went missing Feb. 14.

The Ledger will have more coverage of this story in Friday's edition.


"The Fairfield Ledger"
Friday, March 15, 2013
Front Page

Body of missing Fairfield woman found
By Diane Vance
Ledger staff writer

HAMILTON, Ill. -- The body of Teresa BRUEGGE, a long-time resident of Fairfield, was found Wednesday in the Mississippi River, about 3.5 miles north of Hamilton, Ill., which is across the river from Keokuk.

Hancock County, Ill., Sheriff Scott Bentzinger's press release late Thursday, said preliminary autopsy results indicate BRUEGGE died of drowning.

A resident in Hancock County spotted the body Wednesday and notified the sheriff's office. After the body was recovered, it was sent to Bloomfield, Ill., for an autopsy.

BRUEGGE, 45, who most recently lived in Mount Pleasant, had been missing since Feb. 14. Her parents and most of her family reside in Fairfield. A relative said BRUEGGE was last seen Feb. 14.

Henry County Conservation Department found BRUEGGE's silver 1992 Dodge Grand Caravan at the end of a boat ramp at Faulkner's Access on the Skunk River near Oakland Mills County Park the morning of Feb. 15.

Henry County Sheriff's Office issued a missing person's notice Feb. 15.

The sheriff's office, conservation department, Iowa State Patrol and Iowa Department of Natural Resources searched the area around Faulkner's Access and broadened the search in the following days using airplanes, boats and searchers on foot. Freezing temperatures and ice jams on the river slowed the river search in late February.

The Skunk River deposits into the Mississippi River at the border of Iowa counties Des Moines and Lee, in an area known as Blackhawk Bottoms, and slightly north of Lomax, Ill., across the river. Driving from Lomax to Hamilton, Ill., is just under 30 miles on Illinois Highway 96.

The area where BRUEGGE was found had not been previously searched. It is believed that the recent flooding caused river currents to take the body to the location in which it was found, according to the Mount Pleasant News.

"We searched from where her van was located at Faulkner's Access down river for several miles, because in a situation where someone is presumed to have drowned or possibly drowned, they sink right away," said Henry County Sheriff Rich McNamee. "We formed a perimeter of search that was relevant to the climate and the circumstances. Obviously with the flooding over the last few days, it moved her."

Arrangements are pending at Behner Funeral Home and Crematory in Fairfield.

*Copied with permission from The Fairfield Ledger, Inc. This material may NOT be copied and re-posted in any public venue such as Ancestry or Find A Grave without permission from The Fairfield Ledger ~ copyright restrictions apply.
*Transcribed for genealogy purposes; I have no relation to the person(s) mentioned.

**Note: The photo in this posting was the one included with her obituary. Her photo in the March 15th story showed her with her hair pulled back; this same photo was also used in the February 20th story. No photo was published of her with a shaved head in either obituary or any of the three stories.


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